College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The Toronto Maple Leafs travel down the QEW, over the Peace Bridge and into Buffalo to battle the Sabres tonight. These two division rivals have played twice so far this season and both wins have gone South of the border. Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller has played a huge part in those victories. Toronto peppered Miller with a combined 73 shots and he’s only let in two goals. The last time they played was in TO and Miller shut out the Leafs 3-0. Miller leads the league in goals against, save percentage and is tied for the lead in shutouts. It’s probably not that surprising he’s played so well against the Leafs. Both Toronto GM Brain Burke and coach Ron Wilson are playing significant roles for Team USA in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Miller is hoping to be their starting goalie. The Sabres and Leafs are coming off loses on Wednesday night. Buffalo was blanked 2-0 by the Ottawa Senators. Toronto was doubled up 6-3 by the Phoenix Coyotes. Wednesday aside, the Leafs have been playing some pretty good hockey lately and have pulled themselves out of the Eastern conference basement. They’re only four points behind the eighth place Florida Panthers. A lot of Toronto’s success can be attributed to the play of their first line Phil Kessel, Matt Stajan and Alexei Ponikarovsky have really come together. Over the last three games the trio has combined for seven goals and 16 points. Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson returns to the Leaf line up tonight since going through another procedure to fix an accelerated heart beat. He’s expected to be Vesa Toskala’s back up tonight.